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The Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative, has said it spent N1.05 billion on the reconstruction of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

The school was burnt down by Boko Haram insurgents during the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in April, 2014.

The Vice Chairman, PICNI, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday in Abuja, while giving the 2016-2017 expenditure profile of the committee, noted that the rehabilitation had turned the school into a world class institution of learning.

He explained that the school was redesigned to meet international standards , adding that the reconstruction would be completed in a few months.

“The facilities were totally improved and the school is going to regain its pride of place; The reconstruction was strengthened to include strong walls and fencing,” Tumsah stated.

He said that his committee took the initiative to rehabilitate the school when the state government, which had earlier proposed to reconstruct the school abandoned the idea.

Tumsah also stated that the PICNI paid the school fees of pupils in 43 unity schools amounting to N169.99 million and examination fees totaling N10.68m in the year under review.

He put the committee total spending at N6.15bn out of N7.54bn released by the government, leaving a balance of N1.39bn.

The PICNI boss further disclosed that talks had reached an advanced stage for a partnership with the Bank of Industry and the Seed Council to assist displaced persons in the North-East to start farming and small and medium scale business.

He explained that the agriculture venture would focus on meat and milk production, adding that he had just held a meeting with some states commissioners of agriculture on the initiative.

“We are hopeful that the North-East would bounce back to become the food basket of the nation with these initiatives we are embarking on,” Tumsah stated.

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